Income Tax Course Faculty & Staff

Program Faculty

Ronny Burkett, CPA, CVA
President, Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA

Ronny is the President of Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA, and specializes in the following areas: tax return preparation, financial statement preparation, business valuations, and litigation support services. Ronny holds CPA certification since 1979, CVA certification since 1997 and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Ronny belongs to several professional organizations including the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Central Chapter of Certified Public Accountants, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts. Given Ronny’s wide and deep knowledge in taxation issues he is asked regularly to speak at meetings, conferences and programs across the United States. Finally, Ronny is a lifelong resident of South Carolina.

Mark J. Hendrix, CPA
Executive Vice-President, Burkett Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA

Mark is Executive Vice-President at Burkett Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA, and specializes in: individual, partnership, corporate, estate and fiduciary tax returns preparation as well as elaboration of financial statements. Mark holds CPA certification since 1984 and a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting from the University of South Carolina.

Mark belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Mark started his CPA Firm in 1984 in Lexington, SC and merged with Burkett, Burkett & Burkett, CPAs, P.A. in 1995. Finally, Mark is a lifelong resident of South Carolina.

Daniel L. Crowson, CPA
Manager, Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA

Daniel is Manager at Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA, and specializes in: accounting, tax advisory, and compliance services for businesses, individuals, and non-profits. Daniel holds CPA certification since 2002 and both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina.

Daniel belongs to the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Daniel worked and excelled at Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA; the LPA Group Incorporated; and at Lowrance Cooper & Company, PA, before becoming Manager at Burkett, Burkett & Burkett Certified Public Accountants, PA. Finally, Daniel is a lifelong resident of South Carolina.

Thomas (Tom) Sheaffer, EA, MBA

Tom Sheaffer is an Enrolled Agent and partner with Winters-Smith Associates LLC.  Previously he was the Senior Stakeholder Liaison, including practitioner liaison, for South Carolina.  He was with the IRS for 16 years as an Area Manager, a Senior Tax Specialist, and Senior Tax Analyst.  Tom is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with degrees in Management and Economics, has a Master in Accounting with a concentration in Taxation from Strayer University, and a Master in Business Administration from Strayer University.  Tom is an Adjunct Instructor at Greenville Technical College teaching Accounting, Business Law, and Management in the business division.  Tom also has 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry as a general manager, district manager, and director of operations.

Taxpayer Advocate, Internal Revenue Service

The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is your voice at the IRS. We ensure you are treated fairly, and know and understand your rights. If you are having tax problems and have not been able to resolve them with the IRS, you may be eligible for free TAS help.

Keith J. Wicker, CPM
Special Projects Coordinator, SC Department of Revenue

Keith J Wicker serves as a Special Project Coordinator for SCDOR’s Modernized e-File (MEF) Program, e-commerce initiatives and relations with tax preparation software companies.  Joining SCDOR in 1990, Keith has over 27 years of firsthand experience with the evolution of tax e-services in South Carolina.

Marquita Simmons
Tax Law Coordinator

Marquita Simmons currently serves as the agency’s Tax Law Training Coordinator, educating Employees and Taxpayers on annual legislative changes impacting various tax areas. Marquita has been with the South Carolina Department of Revenue since 2012.

Bethany M. Rawls
Training Director - Employee and Taxpayer Education, SC Department of Revenue

As the Agency’s Training Director, Bethany supports a staff that ensures education is provided for taxpayers and internal employees.  Bethany joined the SCDOR in 1993 and has held various positions within the Agency including taxation areas and electronic filing.

Jean Funches
Taxpayer Advocate, SC Department of Revenue (Columbia only)

Jean Funches currently serves as the Department of Revenue’s tax advocate.  Through the facilitation of resolution of taxpayer grievances, Jean has ensured the fair and consistent application of South Carolina tax laws since 2008. 

Program Coordinators

Dr. Adam J. Kantrovich
Director, Income Tax School
Extension Associate Professor
Clemson University
E-mail address: akantro@clemson.edu
Phone number: 803-699-3176

Kevin Burkett, CPA
Assistant Director, Income Tax School
Extension Associate
Clemson University
E-mail address: kburke5@clemson.edu
Phone number: 803-788-5700

Mailing address:
Income Tax School
Sandhill Research and Education Center
900 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229